Competition Heats Up On "American Idol"
Posted on Wed May 13, 2009 10:09 AM PDT

idolfinale200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - "American Idol" heated up last night as the final three contestants vied for the top spot.

Contestants performed tunes selected by the judges and the opinions from behind the desk were anything but unanimous. Kris Allen sang One Republic's "Apologize," chosen by Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson and that's when the war began.

DioGuardi criticized Allen's rendition, saying "at this stage, you gotta be swingin' it outta the park" and suggested she should have been more creative in her interpretation of the hit song.

Simon hit back saying, "I think, Kara, it's a cop out what you said. You can't choose a song for him and then blame him for doing the song."

Allen returned the verbal volley: "You’re gonna tell me about interpreting a songs? “Have you ever interpreted a song in your life? No, I don’t think so.”

Contestant Danny Gokey won raves across the board for his rendition of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful." Judge Paula Abdul chose Terrance Trent D'Arby's "Dance Little Sister" for Gokey, to which the singer/musician added a saxophone solo.

Audience favorite Adam Lambert performed U2's "One," for which he jhad to get permission from the band - and a call from Bono - to use on the show. That and his performance of Aerosmith's "Crazy" were both a hit with all the judges.

And all was not lost of Kris Allen -- her second song was "Heartless" by Kanye West. She added acoustic guitar and Randy Jackson was in awe: “This is gonna be one of the toughest voting nights in the whole year of this show. I liked that version better than The Fray’s version, better than Kanye’s version. That, to me, was better than the original!”

Fans will decide the winner on the May 20th show airing on Fox.

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